Police on target to increase officers

Nottinghamshire Police is on target to increase officer numbers to 1,950 by April 2019.

Officer figures increase
Officer figures increase

Latest figures show an increase of 58 officers compared to April 2017, which gives a current total of 1,909 officers working throughout Nottinghamshire.

Chief Constable, Craig Guildford, said: “The figures are hugely encouraging and show that we are continuing to attract good people as an employer of choice.

“This year we are recruiting an additional 200 officers, taking the overall establishment with part-time officers to nearly 2000. This is firmly in line with my commitment to bolstering our frontline resources.

“We want to continue to attract and retain talented people with a diverse range of skills, experience and from a range of backgrounds who are committed to making us better at both what we do and how we do it.

“It’s a great time to be joining Nottinghamshire Police.

“We have worked hard with our recruitment drives over the past 12 months and it’s fantastic to see so many new officers arriving. Their enthusiasm and eagerness to learn combined with the wealth of experience and hard workers within our existing workforce bodes well for the future.

“The work is continuing with three in-takes of officers who started their training in March with further cohorts joining the force this year including a triple-header in June.

“I’d like to pass on my thanks to all the staff within the Human Resources and Training departments who have worked solidly to ensure our commitment to increase numbers is realised.”

Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “This is a real tangible increase in officers, demonstrating that we are doing exactly what we promised. People will not only see more officers on the streets and in their communities, but there will be greater capacity to tackle hidden crime, serious violence and burglary.

“The force and I are determined to see a workforce that truly represents our communities. But there is always more to do, but I know that Nottinghamshire Police is a great place to work, offering excellent career opportunities with the support to help people realise their ambitions.”

Inspector, Anwaar Ahmed, said: “Working with front-line staff as part of the Response team, you can start to see numbers increasing and that’s crucial as we ensure we are there for when you need us, throughout Nottinghamshire.

“By increasing officer levels, we will be able to continue to increase our visibility and engagement throughout our neighbourhoods.

“Having worked for the force for 17 years, the difference to officer numbers makes a huge difference in managing our workload and I’m delighted that recruitment is going to increase this.”

Meanwhile, police staff numbers have remained relatively static and numbers of acting and temporary roles have also reduced, with annual promotion processes introduced to provide opportunities and ensure fairness across the force.

Nottinghamshire Police will also become the first force to launch the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) in September 2018, in partnership with the University of Derby.